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Chumash Indian Museum Wildfire Fund

$7,250 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 82 people in 8 months
Created November 21, 2018
The grounds of the Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks, CA were hit hard by the Woolsey fire in the early morning hours of November 9th, 2018. Staff were on site and able to evacuate some artifacts before the flames grew near. The fire rushed through the back of our grounds burning everything in its path. Fortunately, the museum building survived as it is constructed out of concrete. Unfortunately, we have lost our replica village, some aspects of our ethnobotany garden, stairs and bridge for nature hike tour, and outdoor public restrooms. The replica Village has been a staple of the museum, as we use it to describe village life during the many school tours that visit us throughout the year as well as a friendly site to the many hikers who frequent our grounds every day. The time, money, and effort needed to rebuild this village will be great.

The costs for village repair includes:
-Transportation (rental trucks, gas) needed to drive out to remote areas to harvest the tule (reed plant that village aps are constructed out of)
-Staff time to organize the rebuilding efforts
-Materials needed to reconstruct the many village structures lost
-New utility vehicle (current museum vehicle needs repair and is inoperable)

The cost for museum grounds repair include:
-Purchase of new outdoor restrooms 
-Purchase of new plants for ethnobotany gardens
-Purchase of material needed to rebuild staircase and bridge for nature hike tours
-Purchase of outdoor equipment lost due to fire (garden hoses, drip irrigation systems, privacy structure for bathroom area)
-Staff time 

We as a 501(c)(3) non-profit need your help to cover these costs.
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We will be having the first rebuilding day set for Saturday, June 15th for our replica village. We can use all the help we can get. We will have Chumash tribal members instructing volunteers on how to place the tule (plant used for house structures) on the aps (traditional Chumash houses).

June 15th, 9am-4pm, we will be working on it all day.

Please email visit@chumashmuseum.org for more details
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We greatly appreciate everyone's donations! With your generosity, the museum has begun the rebuilding process of our grounds. So far we've been able to purchase new garden hoses and replacement plants at our entrance and ethnobotany gardens for those that burned in the fire. We purchased an air purifier and now the museum interior has clean air. And our volunteers have cleared out burned invasive tree tobacco so that it doesn't re-sprout, and will replace with native willows. We've started the planning process for our village and trail rebuild and will keep everyone updated on the process!
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$7,250 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 82 people in 8 months
Created November 21, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
Oakbrook Park Chumash Indian Corporation
Certified Charity
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Thousand Oaks, CA
EIN: 770209692
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